Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana are still director and special director: CBI

26 October, 2018, 04:33 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • CBI has become BJP's policing agency alleges Mamata Banerjee

- Ousted CBI Director, Alok Verma.

"And that would have been suicidal for Modi", said Gandhi. He stressed that every file in the CBI office is accounted for and these baseless reports were impacting the credibility of the news agency.

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"The CBI is an institution, where the prime minister is the chairperson, the Chief Justice of India is a member and I, as the leader of the single largest (Opposition) party (in the Lok Sabha), am a member, too".

NGO Common Cause on Thursday approached the Supreme Court with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the government decision to divest CBI Director Alok Verma of his powers and appoint N Nageshwar Rao as the Interim Director. The CBI director was selected by this committee.

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"On 30.08.2017, the CBI's Delhi Unit registered an FIR against three senior income tax officials for allegedly accepting bribes from the Gujarat based Sterling Biotech and Sandesara Group of Companies. The Prime Minister does not want an inquiry into Rafale that is why he has got a vulnerable officer who will do what the Prime Minister wants him to do to hide the facts", the Gandhi alleged.

Verma had on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court against the government decision to remove him saying it was done without following the due procedure.

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Further, Section 4B of the DSPE Act specifies a two-year tenure for the CBI director, and also notes that a CBI director can not be transferred without the prior consent of the appointing committee. It said the government's action "destroys the independence of the premier investigating institution". The BJP leader said the Congress was "manufacturing" untruths about the government as it has "lost all hopes to become relevant". He described as "false" news report that appeared in a section of media suggesting that seven files were removed. This, when the CBI chief and the number two (in CBI) have been sent on leave. The court also ruled that the CBI director could be transferred only under extraordinary circumstances and the transfer needs to be approved by the Selection Committee, none of which have been done.

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